Thursday, August 11, 2011

'Amazing' gene therapy wipes out leukemia in study

"Scientists are reporting the first clear success with a new approach for treating leukemia: turning the patients' own blood cells into assassins that hunt and destroy their cancer cells.

They've only done it in three patients so far, but the results were striking: Two appear cancer-free up to a year after treatment, and the third patient is improved but still has some cancer. Scientists are already preparing to try the same gene therapy technique for other kinds of cancer."

Read more on this amazing finding here.

'Star Wars' group on active duty for charity

"The Midwest Garrison of the 501st Legion — known throughout the galaxy as 'Vader's Fist,' 'The Fighting 501st' or, more mundanely, the Illinois chapter of the largest 'Star Wars' costuming club in the world — has never seen combat.

Its members have never fired their guns, captured a stronghold or lost a member to the Rebel insurgency. Their guns don't actually fire."

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World Vision steps up relief efforts in drought-stricken Somalia

"World Vision announced that it is expanding its relief efforts to feed children and their families in the Horn of Africa. The international humanitarian aid agency will be establishing a response center in the growing settlements for internally displaced people (IDP) in Dolo Town, which is located within southern Somalia along the border with Ethiopia."

Read more about the efforts here.